This is a good book that takes you back to the Outbound Flight project and gives some background into one of Zahn's best characters... Thrawn. It definitely gives you a different perspective on this character. The only complaint I would have is that I do not like abridged books very much. They tend to leave things out and I wonder what I missed in this book so that is the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5.
When I first picked this up, I was thinking it would lead more into "A New Hope", but this takes place shortly after "Revenge of the Sith". It gives great insight into Tarkin and is an interesting story to listen to. This wasn't the type of story that had me sitting in the car longer to listen to, but I did look forward to my next drive to listen to more of the story.
... It was just average. A nice little story to help pass 7+ hours. It kind of reminded me of listening to grandpa tell stories of days gone bye. You don't fully listen you just listen enough to nod at the right times.
There was no suspense to this book, nothing to make you say "I have to listen to the rest of this now". Though there is a ghost, it isn't much of a ghost story. Although the main character is trying to solve a mystery, it didn't really have the feel of a mystery as some of it was predictable and when you did find out who the murderer was it was more a feeling of "who cares".
However, if you are a King fan, have a credit to spend and nothing else is catching your eye, I mean nothing else at all, then go ahead an pick it up. Just don't expect a King Masterpiece.
This is an excellent short story that will appeal to many sci-fi fans and Dark Tower fans. I have listened to this many times and enjoy it each time. There are a few people who make the ridiculous statement that this is an advertisement for the Kindle. It is true that the main character uses a kindle in the story, but that hardly makes it an ad. Just like having a Buick in a story doesn't make that book an ad for Buicks and having a character drink a Coke doesn't mean it's an ad for Coca Cola. Kindles and other e-readers are a part of everyday life and this story has to do with a special kindle and the multi-verse.
Overall, this was a good book but no where near Da vinci Code or Angels and Demons. In fact I was often confused by Langdon's character. In previous books he seemed open minded where in this book he came across very closed minded. Much of the story seemed repetitive and there were parts where it dragged on. This was not a "must listen to now" book like the other two.
Even with those faults, it was an interesting storyline that I did enjoy... I just wished it had been delivered better.
I was having a hard time just staying awake during this audiobook. While 3 hours doesn't seem like a long book, the information here could have been provided in less than 20 minutes.
Being born in 1975 I have no fascination with JFK or any misguided belief that somehow the world would be better today had he lived. No one really knows what would have happened, my guess is that life would be the same. Unfortunately, many baby-boomers seem to think JFK was the greatest man to ever live and I was afraid that King would use this book to push that idea. He definitely reflects that point of view in Al Templeton, but being a King fan I picked up the book anyway because he is most likely the greatest author of our time.
He definitely did not disappoint. This book really isn't about JFK though and its not a horror story at all. Its a story about a great adventure that we all dream of having. It's a story about finding the greatest love of your life, which we all hope to do. In some cases it's a story of sacrifice and sorrow. Whether you have listened to a King book before or not, this is one everyone can enjoy.
The Narrator Craig Wasson does a good job with one major exception. Sadie's voice was just horrible, He didn't capture a good Georgian accent at all and she sounded like a dying horse through most of the book. Other than that, the narration was excellent and captivating.
I had stopped listening to Star Wars books a while back because the writing seemed to be suffering. The Thrawn Trilogy was good, not great, but good and I had listened to many others after that were just OK at best so i had lost interest. I picked this one up because I needed to use a credit before the end of the month and wanted to see how well it tied into the Star Wars Movies. I was very pleasantly surprised. The book seems more written for adults rather than teens and is very well written as well. The story had me interested from the beginning to the end and tied into the movies very well but can definitely stand on its own if you have never seen the movies.
The narrator Daniel Davis took a little getting used to. At the beginning the voice seemed kind of "flat" for a lack of a better word. However, once used to it I was completely engrossed in the story.
This was a very long and in the end disappointing book. There were many places in the book that just seemed to drag on for no reason. The ending was just plain odd and didn't seem to fit with the characters. While there was some excitement during the climatic part of the story, it fell short of truly delivering. I mean the big bad bully is brought down by being made to feel bad for what he has done... really? That's like a Political Correctness wet dream and not even in the realm of realistic... Guess that's why they call it fiction.
As much as I liked the first 3 books, this one just seemed "thrown together" with a lot of filler to make it as long as the other books.
While he was able to predict a lot of what is happening now with the downturn ( though, many predicted it so its nothing special ), his advice is the pure definition of "Speculative Investing". He talks about the tech and housing bubbles, yet wants you to invest in gold when its at an all time high under his assumption that its just going to keep going up and up and up (Sounds like the other bubbles that burst).
I do agree that he recognizes the issues of our economy and does explain it well, although is quite repetitive about it and that was well worth the listen, just ignore the horrible advice he gives ( Like mortgaging your house to invest in foreign stocks, put all your money in gold etc...)
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